Tuesday, May 31, 2011

State House Hearing Held on Health Care Payment Reform

Chamber submits testimony, believes move to ACOs should be voluntary, market-based transition

The joint Committee on Health Care Financing recently held a hearing on Governor Patrick’s health care payment reform legislation. The Governor’s bill,  An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Controlling Costs by Reforming the Health Systems and Payments, includes provisions promoting the growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs--groups of providers that work together to achieve improved health outcomes for patients at lower costs). The legislation also provides standards and guidance for the transition away from the current fee-for-service system of payments to alternative or global payments. The Chamber submitted testimony on this legislative proposal.

The Chamber believes that the move to ACOs should be a voluntary, market-based transition with incentives that reward high quality and efficient health care. Measures that do more harm than good, such as rate setting, rate caps, or rate freezes should be avoided. To make payment reform a success, healthcare consumers, providers and payers must work together to implement global payments in ways that bring health care costs under control while preserving health care quality.

The Chamber will continue to work with the Governor and his Administration, the Senate President, the Speaker and members of the Legislature to advance health care payment reform in the months ahead.

Municipal Health Insurance Reform Advances in Both Senate & House Budgets

Chamber working to secure municipal health reform in final FY 2012 budget

As a member of the Mass Reform First coalition, the Chamber is working with other business and civic groups for municipal health insurance reform. Health care costs are creating havoc with municipal budgets – increasing pressure to raise property taxes and cut vital services such as education and public safety. The situation is exacerbated by major cuts in local aid for the fourth consecutive year. Significant municipal health insurance reform is needed.

The Senate recently included municipal health reform in its proposed budget. It includes a new expedited process for municipalities to transfer coverage to the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) or design plans with features that are no greater than the median co-pays and deductibles in the GIC. Last month, the House included a proposal in its budget. It gives municipalities plan design authority, enabling them to change health plan features such as co-pays and deductibles without having to go through the collective bargaining process. Both the House and Senate proposals ensure that cities and towns across the Commonwealth will achieve valuable and essential savings.

It is the Chamber’s hope that the best elements of the Senate and House plans are incorporated into the final budget and signed into law by the Governor. Meaningful reform will preserve local services, protect municipal jobs and save taxpayers money while maintaining municipal health benefits that are at least equal with state employee health benefits. The Chamber will continue to advocate for municipal health insurance reform during the budget process.

Chamber Launches New Internship Website, “Chamber Intern Connect”

Chamber partners with Experience.com to create online portal to connect students and employers

Earlier this month, the Chamber announced the launch of its new internship website, “Chamber Intern Connect.” The website is designed to help increase talent retention in the Greater Boston area by providing a direct link between employers and students seeking internships. High-value, work-based internships can provide students with work experience and help local employers attract and retain more highly skilled workers. They also foster closer connections between students – many of whom are transient – and the local community.

The new website, located at http://www.bostonchamber.experience.com/, was created in partnership with Experience.com, a leader in online recruitment. Any member of the Chamber can post internship opportunities to the site, which is connected to a statewide internship website sponsored by the Commonwealth. Students can access the internship listings by logging into the site, which is being shared with local colleges and universities.

The Chamber applauds efforts by the Patrick Administration and Mayor Menino to retain college students and keep talent in the Commonwealth. Chamber Intern Connect was created because the Chamber feels more can and should be done by the business community and educational institutions to ensure this region has a workforce capable of meeting the dynamic needs of employers.

Chamber Intern Connect is the latest element of the Chamber’s Leadership Initiative, which already includes three programs designed to foster and train business leaders in the Boston area: Boston’s Future Leaders, Executive Leadership Institute, and the Women’s Leadership Program. More information on these programs can be found here.

Japan Airlines to Offer Nonstop Air Service Between Boston and Tokyo

Chamber welcomes service, applauds efforts by city and state leaders

The Chamber and the business community welcome the decision by Japan Airlines, together with its partner American Airlines, to begin nonstop air service between Boston and Tokyo next year. The Chamber applauds the significant efforts by Massport, Governor Patrick, and Mayor Menino in helping to secure this service which will fill an important need for many travelers in the Greater Boston region, particularly those in leading industries such as high tech, life sciences, health care, and education.

Until now, Boston was the second largest U.S. market without direct air service to Tokyo, as well as the largest U.S. market without service to other key cities in Asia. These flights will not only make it easier for tourists to travel between the two cities, but will bring wider economic benefits as well, enabling closer connections to markets, products, customers, family, and friends that will benefit New England and Japan.

Prospects for summer travel & tourism on This Week in Business

On Sunday's This Week in Business, Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, joined to discuss the prospects for tavel and tourism this summer. She says the tourism industry in Massachusetts is back up to pre-recession levels.



In the Briefing Room, Geoff MacKay, president and CEO of Organogenesis, joined to discuss the mission of his company and share the recent developments in regenerative medicine. He also talked about the strength of the region's technology industry.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joined to talk about a potential fee hike at UMass, new electric car charging stations in Boston, FDA approval for Vertex, and the impact of Oprah signing off the air.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Chamber CEO is On the Record talking summer jobs, Vertex's FDA approval

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went On the Record with NECN's Mike Nikitas to discuss Mayor Menino's summer jobs rally this week and the Chamber's support of this program. He also commented on a recent FDA approval of Vertex's product to treat hepatitis C and the company's move to the South Boston waterfront, and Putnam CEO Robert Reynold's address this week to the Chamber.

Chamber welcomes nonstop air service between Boston and Tokyo


The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Japan Airlines that it will commence nonstop air service between Boston and Tokyo next year:

“The Chamber and the business community welcome the decision by Japan Airlines, together with its partner American Airlines, to start flying nonstop between Boston and Tokyo,” said Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  “These flights will not only make it easier for tourists to travel between our two cities, but will bring wider economic benefits as well, enabling closer connections to markets, products, customers, family and friends that will benefit New England and Japan.

“Until now, Boston was the second largest U.S. market without direct air service to Tokyo, as well as the largest U.S. market without service to other key cities in Asia,” added Guzzi.  “The Japan Airways flights will fill an important need for the many travelers in our market, particularly those in our leading industries such as high tech, life sciences, health care and education.

“We applaud not only Japan and American Airlines, but also the significant efforts by Massport, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, all of whose leadership helped convince the airlines to take this step,” said Guzzi.

Monthly Calendar of Events - June

We just released our June calendar of events. All of our June events are listed below, and you can view the complete calendar of events by clicking here. If you aren't signed up to receive our monthly calendar via e-mail, be sure to visit our online communications sign-up page.

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Wednesday,
June 1

CHAMBER NETWORKING GROUP

7:45-9:00 a.m.
Location: Rebecca's Cafe, One Beacon Street, Boston
Click here to register

*Free Program, Members Only*

Hosted by: Rebecca's Cafe
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Tuesday,
June 7

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FORUM
Secretary Jay Gonzalez
Executive Office of Administration & Finance
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

7:45-9:00 a.m.
Location: The Langham Hotel
Click here to register

Sponsored by: Bank of America
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Thursday,
June 9

WOMEN'S NETWORK BREAKFAST
Gloria Larson, President
Bentley University

7:45-9:00 a.m.
Location: Omni Parker House Hotel
Click here to register

Sponsored by: MSL Boston
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Monday,
June 13
BOSTON AFTER FIVE

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Del Frisco's Restaurant, 250 Northern Ave., Boston
Click here to register

*Free Program, Members Only*

Hosted by: Del Frisco's Double Edge Steakhouse

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Massachusetts Jobs Update -- May 2011

Highlights from the Chamber's May 2011 Massachusetts Jobs Update include:
  • State added 19,500 jobs last month; the largest monthly gain in 18 years. State posted 1.3% job growth last 12 months, slightly higher than U.S. rate of 1.0%.
  • State unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest rate since March 2009 and still well below the U.S. rate of 9.0%.
  • Six of 12 regions added jobs last month and eight of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the Merrimack Valley, Metro South and Cape Cod regions.
  • Leisure & Hospitality (+5,600), Retail Trade (+4,200), and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+4,200) posted largest monthly job gains among industries at the state level.
 

Paul Guzzi shows support for Boston's summer jobs program


Yesterday, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi was part of a "Summer Jobs Rally" on the Greenway where Mayor Menino stressed the importance of the city's youth summer jobs program and encouraged the region's businesses to get involved in this initiative. The rally brought together hundreds of Boston students and representatives from the employer community. Guzzi voiced support of this program and made a contribution on behalf of the Chamber.

Click here to read highlights in the Boston Globe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Robert Reynolds speaks to the Chamber on national, personal solvency

This morning, Putnam Investments president & CEO Robert Reynolds spoke to Chamber members at an Executive Forum at the Taj Boston Hotel. During his address, Reynolds called on the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation to oppose any policy shift that could undercut incentives for workers to save or employers to offer workplace incentives. While he stated that steps need to be taken to balance the federal budget and put the nation on a path to fiscal solvency, he made it clear that nothing we do to achieve national solvency should come at the expense of personal solvency. Click here to read a press release from Putnam.

View photos of today's event here.

To hear a complete broadcast of this program, tune into WBUR 90.9FM this Sunday, May 29, at 8:00pm.

Press highlights from today's Executive Forum can be found below:
The Chamber would like to thank Citibank for sponsoring this important series.

Video of Today's Executive Forum with Robert Reynolds

Earlier today, Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds addressed the Chamber's Executive Forum. The title of Reynolds' presentation was "National Solvency and Personal Solvency: Keys to Sustainable Growth."

Watch the entire address below (Reynolds remarks begin at 6:00). The Executive Forum series is sponsored by Citibank, N.A. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Citizen's Bank's Steve Woods joins This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Tom Crohan of John Hancock Financial and Josh Bruno of the Boston Private Industry Council joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the landscape of summer jobs for Boston's youth and tell viewers why this initiative is so important.



In the Briefing Room, Steve Woods, head of corporate banking for Citizens Financial Group, joined to share his view of the economy and discuss the strength of the banking industry and the increase in corporate lending.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks about the LinkedIn IPO, the future of the MBTA commuter rail, and the ins and outs of the presidential campaign.

Friday, May 20, 2011

On the Record: MA adds jobs, lowers unemployment rate in April

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went On the Record with NECN's Mike Nikitas to discuss Massachusetts' addition of 19,500 new jobs in April, details of the Senate's FY 2012 budget, and the Senate's proposal for municipal health care reform.

Check out today's Boston Globe editorial on the Chamber Leadership Initiative

Today's Boston Globe features an editorial applauding the Chamber's leadership development efforts through the Chamber Leadership Initiative. Read an excerpt below:

No Vault Required
"With the changing business landscape, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is now wisely concentrating its efforts on maintaining local, civic-minded leadership at all levels of business, from interns to middle management to senior executives, instead of relying on the dwindling number of locally bred CEOs. What the recent approach seems to realize is that leaders of local offices of larger firms have considerable autonomy, even if their corporate parents are elsewhere, and that Boston’s next generation of business leaders will come from people who weren’t necessarily born into their jobs, but rather chose to put down roots here..."

Click here to read the entire editorial.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Chamber Intern Connect" video tutorial

Earlier today, we announced the launch of "Chamber Intern Connect," an internship website powered by Experience. Take a look at this brief video tutorial that will walk you through how you as an employer can take advantage of this new online resource.

Chamber launches new "Chamber Intern Connect" website

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of its new internship website, “Chamber Intern Connect.” The website is designed to help increase talent retention in the Greater Boston area by providing a direct link between employers and students seeking internships.
"Chamber Intern Connect" was created in partnership with Experience.com, a leader in online recruitment. All Chamber members can apply for an account on bostonchamber.experience.com, and start posting internship positions for free!  

The new website is connected to a statewide internship website sponsored by the Commonwealth. Students are able to access the internship listings by logging into the student section of the site, which is being shared with local colleges and universities.

With the launch of the new site, Chamber member companies will benefit from:
  • enhanced access to college students in Greater Boston;
  • heightened visibility on the Massachusetts “It’s All Here” internship website; and
  • a streamlined internship recruitment process.
We hope that you will join us in our effort to retain talent in the Greater Boston area by posting internship opportunities to the "Chamber Intern Connect" website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Trabucco, Policy Advisor.

Registration now open for the Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber

Register now for the Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber - July 20, 2011 at the Back Bay Events Center
The Chamber's 5th annual Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber is an outstanding opportunity for Chamber members to connect with the small business community. The "Taste of the Chamber" tables affords attendees the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes from some of the Chamber's numerous restaurants and caterers!

There are three ways to get involved:
  • Business Showcase Exhibitor: You will have the opportunity to showcase your products and services to numerous Chamber members with an exhibitor table – a great way to generate qualified leads and make new contacts.
    Cost: $300
     
  • Taste of the Chamber Table: Restaurants, caterers, and hotels can showcase samples of your specialty food items and gain added exposure within the Boston business community.
    Cost: $150
     
  • Attendee: Attendance is free for Chamber members, and provides a great opportunity to network with Chamber members, learn about outstanding local businesses, establish new business contacts, and sample delicious items from the "Taste of the Chamber" tables.

Exhibit and table space will sell out, so be sure to reserve your space early. Click here to view pictures from last year's Business Showcase & Taste of the Chamber on the Chamber's online photo album.

If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact Hayley Smith. We hope you can attend, and as always thank you for your support of the Greater Boston Chamber.
 

Paul Guzzi on state's April jobs data on WBZ Radio


President & CEO Paul Guzzi
This morning, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi discussed the state's recent jobs data and details of the Senate's proposed FY 2012 budget with WBZ NewsRadio's Rod Fritz.

Listen to the audio below. The interview will play throughout the day on WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030.




Boston's Future Leaders - Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week, the 2011 Boston's Future Leaders class had the opportunity to go "Behind the Scenes" at the World Shaving Headquarters of Procter & Gamble - Gillette. The program began with remarks from Chip Bergh, Group President, Global Male Grooming. Chip spoke about his experience as a leader within a global company and how the variety of roles that he has had within the company (various brands, locations, etc...) have shaped his career.

The morning continued with a session led by "the guy behind the Old Spice guy" - James Moorhead. James shared the story of how they have brought new life into a 70 year old brand through the use of unconventional methods. Their focus on knowing their customers and engaging with them was the key to the success of the Old Spice campaign.

The program concluded with representatives from R&D, Engineering Design and Product Design giving brief overviews of their functions and how they work together to create products. This was followed by a walkthrough of their highly automated manufacturing facility and the impressive office space.

Overall, participants were able to learn lessons from innovative leaders that they can take back to their own work and careers. And, of course we all learned more than we ever thought we would about razors and shaving!

Thank you to the terrific folks at Procter & Gamble - Gillette who put this together!

Massachusetts adds 19,500 jobs in April

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (MassLWD) reported today that the total unemployment rate in April was 7.8 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from the 8.0 percent March rate. The preliminary April job estimates show 3,228,000 jobs in Massachusetts, an increase of 19,500 jobs.

The Chamber will release our detailed Massachusetts Jobs Update later this week. Read the full report from the MassLWD on their website, or follow them on Twitter (@MassLWD)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video & Photos of Today's Innovation Forum Panel

Earlier today, Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe moderated a panel discussion on "The Business of Innovation" with panelists Paul Gaynor, CEO, First Wind; Dr. Sylvie Gregoire, President, Human Genetic Therapies, Shire; and Bill Teuber, Vice Chairman, EMC Corporation.

Click here to view photos from this event and watch the complete video below.

Putnam CEO Robert Reynolds to address the Chamber

Next Tuesday, May 24, Bob Reynolds, president & CEO of Putnam Investments, will address Chamber members at an Executive Forum at the Taj Boston Hotel. His address will focus on “National Solvency and Personal Solvency: Keys to Sustainable Growth.” As America seeks to rein in soaring federal deficits, Reynolds will share why he views fiscal discipline and policies that foster higher retirement savings as sustainable growth solutions for America—and for New England's financial services industry.

To learn more about this event or to register, click here.

In Sunday's Boston Globe, Reynolds was featured in the "On the Hot Seat" interview talking about changes at Putnam, challenges facing the country, retirement policy, and more. Click here to read this article.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Business editors weigh in on a potential Globe, Herald partnership on This Week in Business

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Boston Business Editors Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe, Frank Quaratiello of the Boston Herald, and George Donnelly of the Boston Business Journal joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's national health care proposal, recent housing data, and a potential partnership between the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.



In the Briefing Room, the editors are back to discuss the summer jobs market for high school students and college graduates. They also share stories that their own papers are focusing on and make predictions of news to come in the week ahead.



On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to talk about the Microsoft/Skype deal, rail funding for New England, and Bill and Joyce Cummings signing "The Giving Pledge."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Photos from Government Affairs Forum with Treasurer Grossman

Yesterday, Treasurer Steve Grossman spoke at a Chamber Government Affairs Forum. With more than 200 attendees present, Treasurer Grossman gave a progress report of his first 100 days in office and outlined his key priorities. These include pension reform, enhanced transparency of how taxpayer dollars are spent, and revitalization of the state's rainy day fund.

Click here to view photos from this event.

Tune in to WBUR 90.9FM this Sunday at 8:00pm to hear a complete broadcast of this program. Treasurer Grossman's address will soon be available on Comcast OnDemand.

The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America for sponsoring this important series.

Video from Treasurer Grossman's address

Yesterday, Treasurer Steve Grossman made his first address to Chamber members at a Government Affairs Forum. Check out video from this event below -- the Treasurer starts speaking at the 8 minute mark.

Romney on health care, Treasurer Grossman's key priorities & summer jobs 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's Mike Nikitas to discuss a speech given yesterday by former Massachusetts Governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on his national health care prospoal, Treasurer Steve Grossman's address to the Chamber on his key priorities, and Governor Patrick's committment of $6 million to fund 3,000 summer jobs for at-risk youth across the state.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Treasurer Steve Grossman to address Chamber tomorrow

Treasurer Grossman poised to outline initiatives

May 11, 2011 
By Todd Wallack, Globe Staff

State Treasurer Steve Grossman plans to tell business leaders tomorrow about his efforts to make state spending more public, shift some state deposits to community banks, and other recent initiatives.

Grossman, who took office in January, is slated to speak tomorrow morning at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston.

In an interview, Grossman said he plans to talk about the need for pension reform and greater state reserves. Last month, the Revenue Department reported taking in $587 million more than budgeted. But Grossman said much of that increase is due to a surge in capital gains taxes, which are volatile, and he'd like to see the money put aside in the state's rainy day fund. "I'd love to start the year with $1 billion plus" in the fund.

He also said the state plans to start letting a limited number of users test out a new web site in August to let citizens see how the state is spending every dollar. "We're going to put the (state's) checkbook on-line," he said. Grossman's office is working with the state comptroller's office and the Governor Deval Patrick administration on the initiative.

Grossman also said he's optimistic about the state's upcoming $518 million bond sale, planned for later this month with investment banker JP Morgan Chase & Co. Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed their bond ratings for the state in March. And Standard & Poor's recently that named Massachusetts as one of only two states likely to improve their credit rating in the next two years, though the state's credit rating currently remains worse than some other states.

Grossman said he thinks the bond sale will be well received and is optimistic that many individual investors will participate. "You'll see a fair amount about this over the next couple weeks," Grossman said.

Click here to register for this event.

Chamber Partners with Comcast to launch new OnDemand Channel

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Comcast to launch a new Video OnDemand channel that will dramatically expand the reach of Chamber programs. All Comcast subscribers in the Greater Boston region will now be able to watch previously-recorded Chamber events from their living rooms. Previous speakers available right now for viewing include:
  • Governor Deval Patrick
  • Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo
  • Senate President Therese Murray
  • Larry Summers, Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
If you are a Comcast subscriber, you can access the new channel now! From your OnDemand menu, simply click on "Get Local," then "News," then "Boston Chamber." Watch this video from Comcast about the new Boston Chamber channel.

If you want to learn more about the new channel, contact the Chamber's Communications Manager Michelle Frappolli.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Video from the 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner

We just uploaded four videos from the 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner, including the entire keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. Watch each movie below, and visit the Chamber's Vimeo channel for more clips of some of our most high-profile events over the past year.

Annual Meeting Welcome with Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi; Chamber Chair and Bank of America Massachusetts President Bob Gallery; and Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Karen Kaplan, President of Hill Holliday, and Jack Connors, Chairman Emeritus of Hill Holliday:


Mayor Thomas Menino, introduced by Suffolk Construction Co. CEO John Fish:


Distinguished Bostonians Robert and Myra Kraft and the Kraft Family, introduced by Annual Meeting Co-Chair Jack Connors:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Gaming debates begin again 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's Mike Nikitas to discuss this week's State House hearing on expanded gaming in the Commonwealth, a state tax revenue surplus in April, an increase in MBTA ridership, and the state's growing medical device exports.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting & Dinner

Thank you for making the 102nd Annual Meeting and Dinner such a successful and memorable evening. At more than 1,700 attendees, it was also the largest in the Chamber's history.

More than 1,700 Chamber members were
in attendance, making it the largest
Annual Meeting in the Chamber's history.
In the words of our keynote speaker David McCullough, "Boston is one of the most wonderful cities in the world....and so many people worked so hard together, and with great leadership, to make that happen."

For more than 100 years, the Greater Boston Chamber and its members have dedicated themselves to the success of our city and our region. And perhaps no family personifies that goal better than our 2011 Distinguished Bostonians - the Kraft family.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
David McCullough was the evening's
keynote speaker.
On behalf of the Chamber, I would like to express my gratitude to all of our sponsors and the Annual Meeting Host Committee, especially our event co-chairs Jack Connors and Karen Kaplan. A special thank you to our presenting  sponsors Bank of America, State Street Corporation, and Suffolk Construction Co

Pictures from throughout the evening are available for download on the Chamber's online photo album. The Boston Globe's Bill Brett was also on-hand, and his photos are now featured on boston.com.

The support of members like you has helped us launch innovative leadership programs that will help develop a new generation of leaders. We invite you to learn more about the core programs that comprise the Chamber's Leadership Initiative.
The Kraft Family became the first family
to be inducted into the Academy
of
Distinguished Bostonians.
Finally, to borrow another phrase from David McCullough, "On we go!" On we go in the fight for a competitive business environment to create more jobs, in education reform to strengthen our long-term economic growth, and in the fight for health care access and lowering health care costs. The Greater Boston Chamber will always be a strong advocate for our members. 

We hope to see you again in the near future. Our spring lineup of events features some impressive speakers, including:
Annual Meeting co-chairs Jack Connors
and Karen Kaplan welcomed all of our attendees.
For a complete list of upcoming programs, visit our events calendar on bostonchamber.com, or sign up to receive e-mail updates from the Chamber.

Sincerely,

Paul Guzzi
President & CEO

Paul Guzzi on expanded gaming in MA on WBZ Radio


President & CEO Paul Guzzi
This morning, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi discussed yesterday's state house hearing on expanded gaming in Massachusetts and the prospect of casino gaming legislation during the current legislative session with WBZ NewsRadio's Greg Jensen.

Listen to the audio below. The interview will play throughout the day on WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A few pictures from last night's Annual Meeting

More than 1,700 attendees made the 102nd Annual Meeting & Dinner the largest in Chamber history.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the Chamber's 102nd Annual Meeting & Dinner - the largest in our history. We posted a few pictures from the evening to our Facebook page. If you're not already, "like" us on Facebook and get up-to-minute Chamber updates sent directly to your Facebook news feed.

Click here to view pictures from the Annual Meeting. We'll post the complete set of pictures tomorrow, along with video from our terrific speakers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Use #AnnualMeeting for your Annual Meeting Twitter Updates

With 1,700 people in attendance, there are bound to be a few tweeps in the room! Tag your tweets tonight with #AnnualMeeting. And if you're not already, be sure to follow @bostonchamber for live updates throughout the evening.

The 102nd Annual Meeting and Dinner is Tonight!

With more than 1,700 members signed up to attend, tonight's Annual Meeting & Dinner will be the largest in Chamber history!

Thank you to all of our members for your support. We're excited to join everyone tonight at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), when we will honor Robert and Myra Kraft and the Kraft Family as our 2011 Distinguished Bostonians. We are also eager to hear from this year's keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough.

A few notes for those who will be attending:
  • The networking reception will run between 5:00-6:30 p.m. Registration will be open promptly at 5:00 p.m.
  • The ballroom doors will open at 6:10 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., and it is important for all attendees to be seated at that time. 
  • Table assignments will be printed on all attendee name tags. Chamber staff will be on-hand to assist members in finding their seats in the ballroom.
  • The BCEC is accessible via the World Trade Center stop on the MBTA's silver line. Click here for a complete list of public transportation options.  
  • For those driving to the BCEC, the cost for valet is $20, and self-park is $10. Valet attendants will be stationed in the front of the building.
  • A complimentary shuttle will bring the attendees who park in the south lot (directly behind building – enter from Summer st, via the Westin entrance) up to registration in the North Lobby. Click here for driving directions to the south parking lot.
  • Walk-ins are welcome! The cost for a ticket is $400.
We look forward to seeing our members tonight. If you plan on "tweeting" at the Annual Meeting, tag your "tweets" with #AnnualMeeting.